Thursday, July 25, 2013

HP Partners with NEC to Deliver Next-Gen Technologies

HP and NEC have recently announced that they plan to expand their collaborative efforts targeted at engineering future x86 mission-critical blade servers. NEC, a Japanese-based IT firm, has previously partnered with HP to develop enterprise-class IT systems like HP-UX (with HP’s Unix-based OS), HP Integrity, and NEC NX7700i servers.

The current partnership between HP and NEC is focused on creating next-generation server platforms that deliver increased uptime to users whose demands have become more aggressive.  These new demands stem from the evolution and rise of industry trends such as big data, the cloud, and mobile technologies.

And if the project doesn’t have a lofty enough vision in itself, the given name of the future x86 infrastructure adds further wings to the project – DragonHawk. The future HP DragonHawk x86 infrastructure is designed to be highly scalable and builds off of pre-existing HP Superdome 2 and blade server technology.

In addition to their goal of advancing the performance and reliability of their enterprise x86 systems, HP and NEC are partnering in the research, development and testing of mission-critical, enterprise-class solutions designed for use in both Linux and Windows-based environments.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CRN's Channel Champion Crown for Servers Goes to IBM

IBM recently took home the 2013 CRN Channel Champion Crown for servers. A prize that is not handed out lightly, the CRN crown is awarded based off of several key factors. Off the heels of an aggressive go-to market strategy, IBM excelled to regain the crown after last year’s defeat, beating out both of their main competitors in the server market - HP (last year’s winner) and Dell. 

Focusing on the x86 server market, IBM was well-positioned this year due to their transition from their M3 server generation to the new and improved M4 server generation. Some of the key new features and technologies offered by the new IBM System x M4 servers include increased memory capacity, IBM Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2), virtual fabric and low-voltage memory.

While IBM excelled in several categories, the ones in which they took a distinctive lead over HP and Dell were: brand pull and customer marketing, channel marketing and pre-sales support, and training and certification. Some of the additional criteria that CRN used to determine the server champion included post-sales support, price performance, and product availability.